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Surviving in Darkfall: A guide for new players

"Agon can be a rough, frustrating, confusing, and unfair place at times..." Truer words were never spoken. If you've heard of Darkfall, this is probably a good approximation of what you've heard. If you've played Darkfall, you've experienced it firsthand. This full-PvP niche game comes by its...

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Anti-Aliased: The Quest of Vindication

Happy Holidays everybody! Hope you're all having an exciting time that's full of epic loot drops from purple gift packages sent by the jolly NPC in the red suit. This week's column is a holiday-tacular rant fest as I feel like tackling one of the major sticking points of an MMO player's...

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Darkfall gets its own analog of EVE University: Newborn on Agon

The settings of Darkfall and EVE Online are worlds apart, but there is some common ground between the titles. PvP combat permeates both sandbox games, and given a potentially hostile environment when starting out, it's always good to have a helping hand. EVE Online players have training corps like...

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Skill-based MMOs: Passive vs. active gain

There are two main progression models in MMOs: Level-based and skill-based. In level-based MMOs, you kill things and complete tasks to earn experience. This experience leads to new levels and the new levels generally lead to newer and more powerful skills. In skill-based MMOs, it isn't you who...

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Being a WoW fan doesn't mean you're an MMO fan

Syncaine posted an interesting article on his blog discussing why he thinks there hasn't been much uptake in the majority of MMOs released since World of Warcraft. Basically, he believes that just because you enjoy playing WoW, it doesn't mean you'll enjoy other MMOs. The post goes on to say that...

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The Daily Grind: Are betas really more fun?

We've all been in Free Realms recently, which is still currently in beta - and we've been having a ball. As such, when we saw Syncaine's recent posting about why games are more fun in beta - and if people would pay more for a similar experience, we thought it was a pretty good topic. The idea is...

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Some players feeling burnout in Darkfall already?

Syncaine has another interesting Darkfall post up on his blog discussing why he thinks some players have started experiencing burnout so soon after release. He feels some of the issues are a result of how the game world has been playing out, while others are attributed to individual play style....

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You wouldn't like Aventurine when they're angry...

Aventurine smash! Well, they smash people who attempt to impersonate GMs and cheat in their game, at least. Over at Hardcore Casual, Syncaine has put up a post discussing Aventurine's hardline attitude to players in their game, Darkfall. The company has already said, straight out, that they will...

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The Daily Grind: Is it luck?

If you've been paying attention to the MMO blogosphere at all recently, you'll notice there's been some banter back and forth between Syncaine and Tobold in regards to what Syncaine calls "WoW Tourism". If you're not familiar with the concept, the idea is that someone who has only played WoW, and...

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Is Warhammer's new zone domination system working as intended?

The 1.2 patch went live for Warhammer Online last week and introduced many new things to the game. Among them was a new open RvR mechanic called the Zone Domination system, which supplements the original zone locking mechanic. In simple terms, the new ZD system allows realms to lock a zone by...

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